Play area swings back into action
PUBLISHED: 14:54 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:25 28 February 2019
New equipment at St Mark's gets a big the thumbs up from local children
A Honiton play area has been officially reopened after an £80,000 refit.
East Devon District Council chairman Andrew Moulding was joined by local children to formally unveil the new equipment at St Mark’s Road on Thursday (February 22).
St Marks, together with the Glen Farm play area, has been revamped as part of a works programme being carried out by the council to replace and enhance five play area sites within this financial year.
Local children from Littletown Primary Academy in Honiton, Honiton Primary School, Little Ones Nursery, Honiton Youth Club and Honiton Baby and Toddler Group helped with the design of the site as part of a consultation exercise led by the council.
The design, manufacture and installation of the play park was completed by Kompan an established play equipment manufacturer, who were awarded the work at the two sites in Honiton after a competitive tendering process, where suppliers were asked to provide the best design and quality based on the children’s consultation responses.
East Devon has invested £130,000 of the council’s capital in the two sites in Honiton and has plans for a further investment of more than £1million in replacing and enhancing play facilities across the district starting in the new financial year, with consultation beginning with local children for those sites in March.
Cllr Tom Wright, EDDC environment spokesman, said: “This demonstrates East Devon’s commitment to providing good quality facilities to allow our young people to develop their play and social well-being in the outdoors.”
Cllr Jenny Brown, ward member for Honiton St Michael’s said:
“Following the consultation with local children, a lacklustre play area has been transformed into a modern and innovative play space for the children of Honiton to enjoy for many years to come. Well done East Devon.”
Cllr Phil Twiss, ward member for Honiton St Michael’s, said:
“I am sure that the bright, fun, modern, well equipped and safe to use play area will prove a real hit with parents, grandparents and children in Honiton who use it. If the use I have seen it getting before its formal opening is anything to go by and a valuable addition to this type of facility provided across the area by East Devon.”